The government is launching a new course to teach sixth-formers how to cook, clean and manage money. But what about how not to freak out at the state of a communal sink?

The government has announced a course designed to help teenagers prepare for leaving home. The Leapskills programme will teach sixth-formers how to cook from scratch, how to manage their money and how to clean. Hopefully the curriculum will also cover the following …

How to stock a larder

When you first leave home, Yotam Ottolenghi and the like are not your friend. Even if you succeed in trying to cook one of their million-ingredient masterpieces for your flatmates, you will invariably then spend the next two months lobbing fistfuls of leftover sumac into everything. Instead, buy a load of pasta and a ton of tinned tuna and you will never go hungry.

How to drive

Take it from me, a person who spent 20-odd years trying to pass his test: driving is impressive, especially if none of your friends can drive. They will see you pootering around in your knackered Vauxhall Corsa, and you will subconsciously remind them of their parents. And then you will have status. And then you can treat them like dirt, which is the best part of being an adult.

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